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Oisín Coghlan

Oisín Coghlan has been Director of Friends of the Earth Ireland since 2005. Oisín heads the panel of representatives of the Environmental Pillar of Social Partnership and sits on the National Economic and Social Council (NESC). read more

Take action to reduce flooding

Posted on September 07, 2017 by Oisín Coghlan

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We were all shocked and dismayed by the terrible flooding which devastated parts of Donegal and Derry recently which has left families and businesses in ruins. - and the awful thing is it's likely to happen again. [1] The farming community in east Donegal was also badly impacted, with acre upon acre of potato and grain crops washed away and destroyed through the sheer surge of the flood waters. It's hard to know what to do when catastrophic events like this happen. But we can work together to help lessen the impact of flooding like this.

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Protecting healthy soils reduces flooding.

 

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48 Hours to Save Our Rivers ... And it'll take you less than 5 minutes to do your bit.

Posted on August 29, 2017 by Oisín Coghlan

Save our rivers and coasts!

Ever wonder how clean our rivers and lakes really are?

The bad news is only half our waterways and bays are in good ecological health.

Tell the Government we must do better than this.

What's worse is that the Minister Eoghan Murphy's draft River Basin Management Plan is really weak: over the next three years, he only intends to clean up about 10% of our failing waters.

The public consultation closes on Thursday at 5.30pm. We've made it really easy for you to tell the Government we must do better than this. We need a robust and ambitious plan to protect our waters from pollution and degradation – for nature, for communities, for tourism, and for everyone who enjoys a splash!

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The Revolution is no Picnic. Oh, actually it is ...

Posted on August 16, 2017 by Oisín Coghlan

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Friends of the Earth is bringing our #RunOnSun Energy Revolution campaign to the Electric Picnic again this year.

And there is still time for you to join us, just!

We're holding our big training workshop for volunteers this Saturday from 1-4pm in the Teachers' Club in Dublin. Come along.

You'll be working in pairs at the festival, so feel free to bring a friend on Saturday. If you vouch for them, they're welcome to join us :-).

It'd be great if you could fill out this application form online before Saturday. But you can do it there and then as well.

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Quite a week ... and a Saturday treat

Posted on July 22, 2017 by Oisín Coghlan

Dinner with Darwin - Sunrise swim with the Happy Pear in Greystones
Sunrise swim with the Happy Pear in Greystones

It's been a big week for climate campaigning, and it's not over yet. There's two things I thought you'd like to hear about directly from us.

Action Plan?

The Government published it's first action plan on climate pollution for 10 years on Wednesday, and Friends of the Earth was central to the reaction.

On the plus side the Taoiseach acknowledged in his Foreword that climate action will require a "societal transformation" but the plan does nowhere near enough to kickstart that transformation. In our press release we described as "more of an action promise than an action plan".

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Naughten's climate plan is an 'F'-ing disgrace

Posted on April 19, 2017 by Oisín Coghlan

FoE_F_Rating_2_HiResIf Minister Naughten's draft climate plan was a fridge-freezer it would get an F-rating.

Click here to tell him we want a new plan that we can be proud of.

After 6 years Enda Kenny's Government has finally published a draft climate plan. But it's so awful it's embarrassing. In the face of the greatest threat humanity faces Ireland is looking for a free ride.

It's not really a plan at all, it reads like a discussion document. And it doesn't actually adopt any new actions to reduce Ireland's emissions.

Our political leaders are putting vested interests ahead of the public interest. And they are counting on the public not paying attention.

We want your help to prove them wrong.

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What's possible in just one hour?

Posted on March 24, 2017 by Oisín Coghlan

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This Saturday is the 10th annual Earth Hour, when people turn off their lights in a "a global moment of solidarity for climate action", as President Michael D Higgins called it today.

As a supporter of Friends of the Earth you know that symbols can be important, but they only get you so far in the struggle to shift Ireland to a more sustainable path. Our fight for a fossil free future is fought week in, week out against political indifference, bureaucratic inertia and vested interests.

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Help us bring Mr Frackhead to Ireland

Posted on March 09, 2017 by Oisín Coghlan

Mr Frackhead

Over 11,000 people signed the petition urging TDs to progress the Bill to ban fracking without delay. It was the fastest and biggest response to an action we have ever had. Thank you.

 

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One win. One Fight. One Favour.

Posted on January 27, 2017 by Oisín Coghlan

One win ...

Last week we asked you to contact your TDs to ask them to support the Bill to divest state funds from fossil fuels. Yesterday the Dáil voted 90 votes to 53 to progress the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill to the next stage. This is a real victory for people power given the Government steadfastly opposed the Bill and Fianna Fáil were on the fence right up to decision time.

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Read our press release reacting to the historic vote: "This is first real sign of leadership from Ireland on climate action".

 

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Tomorrow belongs to us

Posted on January 19, 2017 by Oisín Coghlan

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Tonight ...

The Dáil debates a Bill to divest taxpayers' money from fossil fuel companies, one of our top demands as part of Stop Climate Chaos.

And it hangs in the balance. We know all the smaller parties will support the Bill. The Government is likely to oppose it. Fianna Fáil are key and have been considering their position all week.

Supporters have been emailing TDs. But what would make the most difference now is a phone call. I called one of my TDs yesterday and it took less that 3 minutes.

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The Future is Bright ...

Posted on December 22, 2016 by Oisín Coghlan

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Yesterday was the shortest day of the year.

It was dark for 16 ½ hours.

Here in Ireland we just flicked a switch to put on the light. And got on with cooking, working, surfing, or relaxing by the Christmas tree.

For 1.2 billion people around the world that’s just not possible. They have no access to electricity. 1 in every 6 people on Earth. When the sun goes down, life gets more complicated: cooking, washing, reading, homework, socializing, safety are all curtailed by a lack of power.

We want to help change that in 2017.

Because the future is bright. The future will Run on Sun.

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